An electric foot massager is a machine that is used for relaxation and to stimulate the muscles of the feet and calves through the use of vibration, rollers, heat and EMS. Foot massage is extremely beneficial in that it relaxes the entire body and stimulation of reflexology points benefit specific organs and areas of the body.
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Today there are many choices in foot massagers, and making the right choice can be somewhat confusing. In this article, we will review some of the top choices in foot massagers in 2017 and provide sound advice to help you select the best foot massager to suit your needs. Read on to learn more.
Top choices in top brands of foot massagers in 2017
When you think of foot massagers, four brands come to mind:
- Circulation Max /Pro
There are two main types of foot massagers on the market:
- A large group of electric foot massagers is based on an EMS/TENS technology that is well known and used in medicine.
- Other group of foot massagers is based on a traditional Japanese treatment called Shiatsu.
Here are some of the best foot massagers produced by these well-known brands:
Best foot circulation machines
The first category of foot massagers are circulation boosting machines that use TENS electrode pads and electric impulses to contract muscles and increase circulation of blood while providing relief from pain and relaxed feelings at the same time.
Homedics Circulation Device – Our Top Pick in 2017
This is the best electrotherapy foot massager that we have tested in 2017. The device works by sending harmless electric pulses through the nerves on your feet.
The biggest benefit of the Homedics foot massager is improved blood circulation. This can help with pain, mobility and diabetes-related feet problems. It can also be used to tackle pain and swelling.
The massager is easy to use. No installation is required. There is even a remote control included to make sure you never have to bend over to fiddle with the buttons on the unit. Read our full review of Homedics Circulation Device.
Bodi-Tek Circulation Plus – Active Foot Massager
This one also uses electrotherapy to improve your feet health and strength. Electric pulses emitted by the unit give feet and leg muscles a sort of a workout, forcing them to contract and relax repeatedly.
This makes the muscles stronger and is especially helpful if you spend a lot of time sitting down. It also boosts blood circulation.
The unit is quite compact and light. If you are travelling, you can easily pack it up and take it with you. It even comes with an easy-carry handle. Read our full review of Bodi-Tek Circulation Plus.
Circulation Maxx – Blood Booster w/ Remote Control & Infrared Heat
A circulation boosting machine that is a Class IIa medical device and is easily and affordably available without a prescription. Compared to its competitors, it is more affordable while providing some comparable functions.
It comes with remote control and digital display but has no adjustable timer, angled incline and is not rechargeable. Use of this massager is very simple though, and most people enjoy relaxing, watching TV, reading and/or listening to music while receiving an excellent foot massage for 25 to 30 minutes each day.
It is not recommended for women in the early phases of pregnancy or for people who have a pacemaker, epilepsy, arthritis or a diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis. Read our full Circulation Maxx review.
Circulation Pro – Foot & Leg Massager
This machine is also a genuine medical device that is readily available to the general public. It is intended for use by healthy people who wish to or need to increase circulation in the lower legs and feet.
It’s a good-looking machine that can be used for simple relaxation or a regular series of therapy sessions. It has digital display but has no adjustable timer, angled incline and is not rechargeable. This unit is easy to use because it comes with a remote control.
It comes with 5-year manufacturer warranty, which is longer that any of its competitors. Read our full Circulation Pro review.
Heartline – Electromagnetic Wave Foot Massager
This foot massager packs quite a lot in its compact size. This includes 25 massage modes, 99 intensity levels and electric wave treatment.
The combined effect on your feet is incredible pleasure and relaxation.
In addition to the footplates, the package also includes 8 pads that you can use to mitigate pain and soreness on various areas of the body.
The remote control makes it easy to use though some users complained about the unchangeable 25- minutes-per-session setting.
Read our full Heartline Foot Massager review.
Redstone – Circulation and EMS TENS Machine
This machine has two types of therapies, one delivered by the main unit and the other one delivered by separate gel pads. The main unit provides EMS (electrical muscle stimulation) therapy, which is similar to the therapy delivered by Bodi-Tek and Homedics foot massagers.
Through the gel pads, which connect to the main unit via cable, you can also receive pain-relieving TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) therapy. The only difference between EMS and TENS is that the first targets your feet and leg muscles while the other targets your nerves in different parts of your body. Both work to help you relax by reducing pain, soreness, swelling.
Read our full review of Redstone EMS TENS Machine.
PureMate – Foot Circulation Massager
This also offers EMS therapy trough the main unit and targeted TENS massage through additional gel pads. Use it for half an hour every day and your feet will feel stronger, less sore and you will be more relaxed.
There are 99 intensity levels and 15 treatment programs, each offering a different form of therapy. You can easily change the intensity or treatment program using the buttons on the device or set it to auto mode and the unit will choose the settings for you.
But it’s much easier to use the accompanying remote control to set the level and mode you are most comfortable with. Read our full review of PureMate Foot Circulation Massager.
Best shiatsu foot massager
The second category of foot massagers are shiatsu foot massagers, which eases muscle stiffness and tension by applying a traditional Japanese technique called Shiatsu.
Amzdeal Foot Massager – The Most Complete Foot Massager
If you are looking to give your feet a proper luxurious treat, try the Amzdeal Foot Massager. It has three features to help you relax and chase away any foot discomfort: deep kneading rollers, soothing heat therapy and Shiatsu air pressure.
This foot massager boosts blood circulation to the feet and legs, an especially important benefit for elderly or diabetic users. Through the kneading action and heat therapy, it is surprisingly effective at reducing any pain and soreness in your feet. This is great for those with foot problems such as arthritis and for pregnant women.
The only thing you need to be careful about is the massage intensity. The rollers and air pressure are firmer than expected. Start at the lowest intensity and increase it gradually. Read our full review of Amzdeal Foot Massager.
Homedics FM-TS9-GB – Luxury Shiatsu Foot Massager
This machine is very lightweight and very affordable yet it does a very good job of relieving fatigue and soothing aches and pains in the feet.
Its massage action simulates a deep, kneading shiatsu massage. Soothing heat intensifies the relaxation experience. It is Homedics’s premium foot massager.
This machine is especially easy to operate because it has just one switch to control the two functions and you can operate this switch with your toes.
It does not have remote control or digital display like circulation boosting machines. Read our full Homedics FM-TS9-GB review.
Homedics Shiatsu Foot Massager – Standard Shiatsu Foot Massager
This Homedics machine provides a heat and shiatsu massage experience using rotating balls that roll up and down along the soles of the feet to alleviate aches, pains, tension and fatigue.
FM-S149H Shiatsu foot massager smaller is lighter and costs a bit less than luxury FM-TS9-GB. It has round foot pads that encourage movement of the feet. Users say that it is very helpful in recovering from injury, surgery and other foot problems.
Just as with the other offering from Homedics, this machine is very lightweight and easy to manage (although again it does not have remote control or digital display like circulation boosting machines). It also uses a single switch that you can operate with your toes. Read our full Homedics Shiatsu Foot Massager review.
Other types of foot massagers
Scholl Foot Massager – Professional Foot Massager
This is a very luxurious foot massager from a well-known foot care company. It is designed to massage the three areas of your feet (toes, arches and heels) with separate mechanisms.
Unlike the other offerings in this list, you do not simply set your feet on massage pads for massage to the soles of the feet. Instead, you place your feet inside the softly padded openings for your feet where they are enveloped by a cushion of air. This machine delivers massage through air, heat and shots to massage action.
The machine is easy to control and use with four buttons conveniently located at the top. These can be controlled by hand or toe. Read our full Scholl Foot Massager review.
Foot, Ankle and Calf Massager – Universal Foot Massager
This massager has a somewhat unusual design. Unlike the traditional flat devices that you step on, this one resembles a pair of boots. It covers the feet and rises all the way to the calves.
This allows it to work on the feet, ankles and calves simultaneously for a more relieving massage. It works through a vibrating board that increases blood flow and a kneading mechanism that goes deep into the muscles and reduces any pain or soreness.
Because it does not rely in electrical stimulation, this foot massager is safe for you use by most people including pregnant women. Read our full Foot, Ankle and Calf Massager review.
JML BFF Mini Foot Massager – Foot Massager Booster Relief
This mini-massager uses a very basic design but with somewhat effective results.
A series of six rollers activate specific pressure points, which helps reduce pain and boost relaxation. If you experience aching feet at the end of every workday, this massager can help.
The best part about it is its size. It is compact enough that you can carry it with you wherever you go.
The only thing to beware of is its tendency to slip on flat surfaces, especially if it is uncarpeted. You also can’t expect the same results as from high and mid-range foot massagers. Read our full JML Foot Massager review.
There are many good reasons to add use of a foot massager to your daily routine. As we grow older our circulatory system often begins to falter. This can happen for a number of reasons such as disability or illness or even simply a sedentary way of life.
To counter any of these situations or simply to maintain and improve your circulatory system, you should consider buying an electric foot massager or circulation boosting machine.
Even if you are healthy overall, you will benefit from the relaxation and stress management to be had by devoting 20 or 30 minutes a day to foot massage. Managing stress is beneficial to overall health in a number of ways, including:
- Good stress management helps reduce problems associated with hormone imbalances. For this reason, women in menopause may benefit greatly from daily use of a high quality foot massager.
- Stress management and improved circulation help lower blood pressure levels.
In addition to stress management, many other benefits can be derived from regular use of any of these fine machines.
If you have recently had surgery, using a foot massage machine on a regular daily basis can lower your heart rate, help you relax and help you recover more quickly.
Foot massage makes an excellent supportive treatment for people recovering from cancer. It helps reduce fatigue and stress and even helps combat feelings of nausea.
Foot massage and use of EMS therapy is very beneficial in improving blood circulation and toning the muscles of the lower legs.
Improved blood circulation supports overall good health and helps alleviate pain. This is especially true for pain in the feet and legs; however, effective blood circulation helps reduce inflammation and pain in general. Additionally, good blood circulation boosts the cardiovascular system and wards off problems such as arterial disease.
We hope this article has been helpful to you in your quest to find the best foot massager. Homedics and Bodi-Tek are the most recommended products on the market but there are a number of other brands that are worth to consider. Which foot massager you should buy depends on your personal preferences, health situation and your budget.
Please check our buying guide if you want to learn more about things that you need to consider when selecting a right foot massager or circulation boosting machine.